Special Occasions

The beauty of a villa holiday is the flexibility it allows and it is often as much fun as it is cost effective to enjoy special occasions in the grounds of your very own home from home. We are happy to help and can arrange fabulous cakes and flowers or organise a catered party or hog roast (great fun and usually cheaper than a restaurant bearing in mind the cost of wine and transport to and from) or you might prefer an intimate dinner at your villa. We have loads of experience and lots of contacts and have, in the past organised champagne, specialised birthday cakes, balloons, DJ's, live entertainment - even kiss-o-grams! If you have something else in mind, we will be happy to do the leg work for you, just let us know contact us.

Discounted Golf

There are over 40 golf courses in The Algarve ranging from 9 to 27 holes. Dotted along the coast, none are more than an hours drive from the centre of The Algarve.

You can book discounted tee times through our partner AlgarveGolf Desk and by pre-booking you can save up to 20% on the public rates.

Peak golf times of March, April and October are booked up well in advance, so we strongly suggest you book early.

A Boat Trip on Wish & Fish

A wonderful way of exploring the coastline is to take a private boat trip on Wish & Fish with local fisherman Saul. Cruise along the coast and through the caves to see the best of the coastline with your own group. You charter the boat and can ask to stop and swim, fish a little, or go into one of the beautiful private beaches along the coast - your boat, your decision!

Scuba Diving

Based in Albufeira, Indigo Divers are an Authorised PADI Dive Centre. From total beginners to more advanced PADI courses such as Open Water, Advanced and other speciality dives - the experienced and friendly staff will suggest the best option for you. They can personalise dives to suit your experience level and offer beach and boat dives along the Algarve coast. All dives are guided by a PADI professional, boats are fully licensed by the Portuguese authorities and the captains have great knowledge of the coast. All clients are individually protected by a personal accident insurance. Indigo Divers offer The Villa Agency clients a 10% discount. Visit Indigo Divers for more information or to book a course.

Power Boat Charters & Sailing

Whether it is a sporty speedboat for a day's fun and water-skiing, a luxurious motor yacht to impress family and friends, or a stylish sailing yacht to catch the summer breezes, a day on the water will be a day to remember. Southwest Charters have a full fleet of sail, power and sports boats for half day, full day or week charter. A typical day trip would involve leaving Lagos marina at 10am, heading west towards Sagres and Cape St Vincente, stopping for a swim along the way. Then returning east and either anchoring for a gourmet lunch on board or mooring at a restaurant. The afternoon can be spent sailing, or motoring along the coast, enjoying all the delights of the Algarve, from dramatic cliffs to long sandy beaches to quiet coves, with the breeze cooling you down as you go. Return to Lagos at 5pm for a drink in the marina and stay to watch the sun go down behind the old town, planning your next trip on the water. Southwest Charters would like to offer The Villa Agency clients 10% discount on their services.

Guided Bicycle Tours

Activity Algarve run regular Guided Bicycle Tours  - a great way to see the Algarve and to take advantage of your guide’s local knowledge. If you are staying in the central Algarve, you can be collected from your villa and taken to the start of the tour. Tours are in the mornings to avoid the main heat of the day, they last about three hours after which you will be taken back to your accommodation.

Horse Riding

Horse riding on the beautiful sandy beaches of the Algarve's stunning West Coast www.qpahorseriding.com

RESORTS

We have villas in all of the locations below. Click on a resort for more details.

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Holiday insurance

It is a condition of booking that you have comprehensive holiday insurance. We have arranged a special Holiday Insurance Scheme through Travel & General Insurance Services Limited that is highly competitive. Please call 0845 345 3456 or visit Travel & General Insurance Services. If you have alternative cover, please check carefully that all aspects of your holiday are covered.

Price quotes

Misunderstandings or mistakes can occur so please check any quotations given against the published prices on this website. Our booking confirmation/invoice will show the definitive price for your holiday.

Refundable security deposit

We hold a security deposit on all villa reservations, payable with the holiday balance and refunded automatically approximately two weeks after your tenancy. If there is a claim for damages by the owner or local manager, this has to be made to us within the two week period and we always ensure that the claim is investigated and approved by us before a deduction is made.

Altered bookings

A charge of £20 will be payable for EVERY alteration made after we have sent the first confirmation/invoice. If we have booked flights on your behalf name changes will be charged at the carrier's discretion. All amendments MUST BE MADE IN WRITING but please telephone us first to discuss the alterations you may wish to make. Changes of villa, dates or party members will be treated as partial or full cancellations. In the event of a partial cancellation, each member of the party who cancels will incur a cancellation charge which will be dependent on when the cancellation occurs.

ONLY THE PERSONS NAMED ON THE BOOKING FORM MAY OCCUPY THE VILLA and we MUST have all names, titles and initials before we can send out your final holiday documentation. If, for any reason whatsoever, any additional people are accommodated during the holiday, they will either be asked to leave the villa or we will deduct the additional rental cost from your security deposit. Pets are not generally permitted although one or two of the villas may accept a well behaved dog, subject to prior written confirmation.

Final payment & tickets

Final payment is required 8 weeks before departure. For bookings within 8 weeks of departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. Please note, WE DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF PAYMENTS UNLESS A RECEIPT IS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED. Full villa details, directions, maps and our local representative's contact details plus flight tickets and a car hire voucher (if booked by us) will be posted or emailed approximately 10 days before departure. PLEASE CHECK THESE VERY CAREFULLY and read all other literature included in the travel documents. No refund can be made in respect of unused portions of flights, accommodation or car hire. It is essential that you let us know if you do not receive your holiday information